Twelve clinics closed due to selling expired medications
Pharmacy shut down after police found a type of medication that had expired 18 years ago
A police team in the Kurdish capital city of Erbil has been taking significant steps in recent months to reduce the rise of expired medications in the private clinics. By enacting additional regulations and increasing law enforcement oversight of the clinics, the police have shut down 12 clinics due to working without having licenses and selling expired medications.
Erbil governor office has formed a committee for following up on the quality of medications sold in the pharmacies and clinics. Major Fakhraddin Noory, a member of the committee, said "In the last two weeks we have inspected 14 clinics that are run by Iranian and Arab physicians and pharmacists in Erbil. We have closed 12 of them due to not having working licenses and selling expired medications,"
According to Major Noory, a type of medication was found in a clinic that was expired 18 years ago.
Although some of the clinic runners claimed they haven't sold the medications that have already been expired, Noory said there is no excuse for the availability of expired medications on the shelves of the clinics; whatever found expired are considered as law violations regardless of whether they are exposed for selling or not.
Professional teams from KRG’s Health Ministry along with a police team do inspections for all the clinics. Those, who are found out to have abided by laws, are appreciated and cooperated with, but those who violate the Health Ministry's rules, face punishment.
In addition to shutting the clinics, the runners are sent to court for further investigations.
In the last couple of months many people have been found sick due to using expired medications prescribed by physicians running unlicensed clinics. Health Ministry with the cooperation of Erbil governor’s office have been working hard to indentify the violators aiming to prevent patients from being abused and getting worse.
A pharmacist arranges medication at his shop in Erbil.